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Wyoming Joins International Peace Campaign

Casper residents are making food donations this week to help kids at risk of hunger as a part of the Campaign Nonviolence week of action. (Pixabay)
Casper residents are making food donations this week to help kids at risk of hunger as a part of the Campaign Nonviolence week of action. (Pixabay)
September 20, 2017

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Thursday is the United Nations International Day of Peace, and Casper is making a week-long affair of it.

Last weekend, the United Church of Christ in Casper hosted groups for storytelling, activities, and to collect food items for Wyoming Food for Thought to support weekend food bags that help kids fill in the gap before that next school meal.

Dee Lundberg, the church's pastor, says the goal was to let people know they can impact peace and nonviolence wherever they live.

"Just by helping these organizations, all of these little things that build community and help us know one another are part of the solution," she says. "It's a lot harder to hate or judge someone that becomes your friend."

Lundberg adds that practicing nonviolence can look a number of different ways. She says some may take to the streets to stop war, others can help de-escalate conflicts at work or in the classroom, and many who don't have time can contribute to groups doing the work of helping struggling families get by with dignity.

Lundberg says the week of action will wrap up with a chicken mole cook-off on Monday. Residents can drop by the church, pick up dinner for the night, and help support the Immigration Alliance of Casper, a group working to help people stay in the country legally through passports, visas and navigating the U.S. citizenship process.

"There are peacemakers all around us doing good works, and that is what we actually decided to focus on," she adds. "It's just the people in our community doing things that promote peace, that sense of 'you're not alone.'"

This year's Campaign Nonviolence goal is to launch more than a thousand marches, vigils, rallies and more in cities and towns in all 50 states and in nations around the world.

Eric Galatas, Public News Service - WY